July 2016 New Gen Book of the Month.
In a Nutshell: Awesome Empowerment * Sisterly Support * Pursuing Passions
This inspirational story about following dreams and the power of female friendship is as rich, warm and cheering as being curled up with a mug of hot chocolate on a bitterly cold day.
Amber lives near London’s cosmopolitan Brick Lane with her gay dads. She loves words, Oscar Wilde and all things vintage. She hates the small-minded bullying “OMG girls” at school, and feels certain that “there must be other people like her out there somewhere. Other people who didn't fit it, or want to fit in.” And so, inspired by an Oscar Wilde quote, Amber seeks out sister Moonlight Dreamers, kindred sprits who also “dream of freedom and adventure”.
The girls who respond to Amber’s call come from very different worlds, but they come together in a spirit of solidarity to create their own secret society in which difference is celebrated, and following your dreams is de rigeur. At the inaugural meeting of the Moonlight Dreamers, they each declare their dreams and pledge to pursue them. Amber is desperate to visit Oscar Wilde's grave in Paris. Shy photographer Maali yearns for the confidence to talk to boys. Poet Sky dreams of performing at a poetry slam, and New Yorker Rose wants to own a Harley Davidson and become a patissier, against her model mom’s desire for Rose to follow in her expensively-shoed footsteps.
Utterly charming through even the girls’ most challenging moments, the author’s portrayal of female friendship and self-empowerment is sublimely enriching, and the novel ends with a glorious sense that the girls' journey is only just beginning: a lifetime of fortifying friendship and Moonlight Dreaming awaits.
A inspirational, heart-warming book about four girls trying to find their place in the world. Siobhan Curham celebrates very different but like-minded friends in this captivating novel.
Amber craves excitement and adventure. Instead, she's being bullied at school for having two dads, and life at home isn't much better. Inspired by Oscar Wilde, Amber realizes that among the millions of people in London, there must be others who feel the same as she does; other dreamers - moonlight dreamers. After chance encounters with Maali, Sky and Rose, Amber soon recruits the three girls to the Moonlight Dreamers. It's high time they started pursuing their dreams, and how better than with the support of friends?
Teens & YA's love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our older Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
Publication date: 07/07/2016
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
|Publication date:||7th July 2016|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, Books of the Month, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||Romance & relationships stories (Children's / Teenage), Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage), School stories (Children's / Teenage), Personal & social issues (Children's / Teenage),|
Siobhan Curham has many strings to her bow. She is an editor for Hothouse fiction, a life-coach, the author of several adult novels and she runs writing workshops for young people. Her first YA novel, Dear Dylan, won the YoungMinds Award and her second, Finding Cherokee Brown, has received high praise. The Shipwrecked saga is a new, edgier strand to Siobhan’s writing, for slightly older YA readers.More About Siobhan Curham